Back in December of 2015, the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) were absolutely beside themselves about the idea of Donald Trump as president, touting the reality show host as the most “pro-gay” candidate among the then crowded field of Republican presidential hopefuls.
Gregory T. Angelo, president of LCR, told Reuters in 2015, “He is one of the best, if not the best, pro-gay Republican candidates to ever run for the presidency.”
“He’s been to a gay wedding, he’s friends with George Takei,” he told Chris Matthews a few days earlier. “His record doesn’t bear out that that would be an enemy to the gay community.”
Fast forward two years, the Trump administration has gone after the most vulnerable, reversing federal guidelines put in place by the Obama administration last year that protected transgender students from discrimination.
The decision even drew the condemnation of Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), whose son is transgender. “This lamentable decision can lead to hostile treatment of transgender students and studies have shown that bullying and harassment can be detrimental to the emotional and physical well-being of teenagers,” she wrote in a statement.
“What could possibly motivate a blind and cruel attack on young children like this?” asked Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “These transgender students simply want to go to school in the morning without fear of discrimination or harassment. The consequences of this decision will no doubt be heartbreaking.”
Angelo responded to the Trump administration’s rollback of trans protections by saying his pro-Trump LGBTQ group was disappointed by his decision.
“Log Cabin Republicans had supported the Obama administration guidance on transgender public accommodations in public schools and certainly opposed any efforts to rescind it,” Angelo told NowThis at last week’s CPAC conference. “We are disappointed that President Trump had.”
Trump supporter and transgender rights activist, Caitlyn Jenner, has also taken issue with the Trump’s decision, calling it “a disaster.”